The 50 new garbage trucks that landed in Jamaica last weekend are expected to be on the road by December 1, with a significant drop in complaints about piles.
That confirmation came Saturday from Audrey Gordon, executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Agency (NSWMA).
Gordon said complaints are expected to drop by 50%. Greener interview.
Gordon said the truck was picked up by vehicle dealership Tankweld on Friday for final checks and is expected to be completed in about six days.
The new shipment is expected to significantly increase the NSWMA’s collection capacity amid island-wide lamentations about the garbage pile.
NSWMA currently has a “large” fleet of 100 trucks on the ground, of which about 45 are government owned.
However, Gordon tries to temper his optimism, arguing that the introduction of vehicles will not be a silver bullet to the nation’s garbage problem.
“Fifty new trucks won’t solve the problem, but they will help us a lot…we won’t get out of the woods,” he said.
Western Parks and Markets Management Limited, one of NSWMA’s regional bodies, announced earlier this month that it will receive at least 10 new trucks.
But Gordon cautioned that a final decision on track assignments will be made after Monday’s meeting at which the data will be analyzed.
However, he said the trucks will be well distributed across different regions.
The executive director said an additional 50 trucks will be purchased in the 2023-24 fiscal year, which begins April 1 next year.
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